Bar Admissions: District of Columbia; Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Practice Groups: Medical Malpractice Defense; Construction Law & Litigation; Product Liability Defense; Professional Liability Defense
Education: University of Notre Dame, JD; St. Edwards University, BA maxima cum laude
Memberships: American Board of Trial Advocates, Miami Chapter; District of Columbia Bar Association; Florida Bar Association
Kevin O’Connor, a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Miami office, and Chair of the firm's Medical Malpractice Defense group, focuses his practice in medical malpractice defense, product liability and construction litigation.
With more than 30 years of litigation experience, he has served as lead counsel in more than 200 jury trials throughout the state of Florida. He has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has litigated in federal court in Michigan and in the state courts of New Hampshire, Georgia, and Ohio. Kevin has also represented clients in numerous administrative hearings in Miami and Tallahassee. His clients have prevailed in over 90% of cases going to jury verdict, final arbitration, or dispositive administrative hearing.
Kevin has successfully tried cases relating to professional liability including claims for medical malpractice, in which he has represented hospitals, nurses and individual physicians. He has also tried catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving product liability, auto and premises liability.
Kevin has both arbitrated and tried to verdict cases involving alleged construction defects, serving as trial counsel for a variety of building contractors and engineering firms. The cases he managed involved not only allegations of millions of dollars of property damage, but also catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims. He successfully defended more than 30 cases filed by individual homeowners who claimed millions of dollars worth of structural damage to their homes, allegedly arising from the blasting activities of a large contractor.
Kevin is a member of the Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the American Board of Trial Advocates, Miami Chapter. A past member of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, he served as chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit. He has lectured extensively at legal and medical seminars throughout his career.
Kevin has served on various public service and charitable boards and committees including the Archdiocese of Miami Education Foundation. He recently completed his term as Commissioner on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Third District of Court Appeal, a position to which he was appointed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
IN THE NEWS
August 29, 2018
Florida Medical Malpractice Team Wins at Trial, Appeal
Foley & Mansfield’s medical malpractice defense trial team successfully defended our client physician at the trial level and through the plaintiff’s subsequent appeal, obtaining an appellate affirmance of the trial court’s dismissal of the case with prejudice.
August 1, 2018
Miami Med Mal Team Mounts Successful Physician Defense
The Miami trial team of Kevin O’Connor, Kelly Casey and Mary Street mounted a successful defense this month in a case that involved allegations against our client, a cardiologist.
The South Florida Legal Guide has named Foley & Mansfield a 2018 "Top Firm", with Virginia Easley Johnson and Kevin O’Connor also honored as 2018 “Top Lawyers” .